Saturday, September 1, 2012

{recipe} Margherita Pizza

Not the greatest picture ever, but I promise this is good. I made Margherita pizza for dinner this week and few people asked for the recipe so I thought I'd share what I did. Super easy!

I used to use this recipe for pizza crust, but I recently found the recipe below (maybe on All Recipes, I can't remember) and it's much better and easier! 

For the crust:

1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
3/4 cup warm water
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and mix to combine. Set aside. In the bowl of a mixer combine flour, salt and olive oil. Mix slightly until combined. With the mixer running, slowly add the yeast mixture. Spray a glass bowl with cooking spray and form the dough into a ball. Place in the glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

For the pizza:

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic cut in quarters
8 ounces mozzarella, sliced or shredded
10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
3 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Yes, that's very hot!

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until it becomes fragrant. Make sure you don't burn the garlic. Discard the garlic and set the oil aside.

On a large baking sheet, drizzle some of the garlic oil. Take the dough and stretch and press it into the pan. With a pastry brush, brush the entire surface of the dough with the garlic oil. Sprinkle the cheese on, then arrange the tomato slices and sprinkle with the basil. Sprinkle the entire pizza with salt and pepper.

Bake at 500 degrees for about 10 minutes. Watch it closely!

Cut and serve! So yummy!

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